Basement Bathrooms

Art for the Bathroom

One of the benefits of having a green floor is the ability to layout art on it and imagine the arrangement on your similarly toned walls. Trouble figuring out placements for a gallery wall? Just paint your floors to match! Great planning aid!

I kid. Here’s what I’ve got so far though.

I’m going to use a little ledge for the tumbler and bowl, either in white or green. I’m considering adding a clock though too, and then maybe I’d need another little ledge to balance it out. What do you think?

Also, I’m trying to choose a color for the mirror. I had originally planned on yellow, but I nixed all of the yellow accessories for the room, so now the color would probably look out of place. Maybe black? Or the darker green of that little bowl above?

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  • Stacie
    March 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I think painting the mirror white or the darker green would pop quite nicely! I very much like the fixtures you chose for your lighting!

  • Christa
    March 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I think a shiny dark green on the mirror would look great!

    I love it so far!

  • Diana Smith
    March 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    that print is super adorable!!

  • Linda
    March 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    The mirror frame would look fabulous in black!

    • Christina
      March 24, 2011 at 1:31 am

      I concur….. A matt black would be lovely and picks out the black in the zig-zag accessories and light fixtures.


  • stevie
    March 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    What about the Light blue you painted the basement door? It would be a little bit of cheer to brighten the space up.

  • annabelvita
    March 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Are the stripes on the little lamps black? If so I’d say black. Looking good!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Yes, and on the towel too.

    • Jaimie
      March 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

      This is what I was thinking.

  • Cristina
    March 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    What’s that little first aid kit? Does it mount on the wall?

  • Amanda
    March 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I agree with the above posters that the mirror would look great in black, but how about a pale pink to reference the other areas of the basement space. Or a similar pinkish-beige to reference the background of the art?

  • Catherine
    March 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I vote for a deep peony pink on the mirror! Or maybe a fun clock like this one:

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm


      • jbhat
        March 23, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        That was my thought. A deep, bright pink.


    • Jaimie
      March 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Normally I love pink and green, but I’m not sure I’d like it with a green as olive-y as the one in here.

  • elizabeth
    March 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Super cute shoes! Where are they from?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      J. Crew, last year.

      • AJ
        March 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

        yes, great shoes! That is the first thing that popped into my mind.

      • Rachel
        March 24, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        I was going to comment on the shoes too – love them!

  • Emily
    March 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Why is your tiny basement bathroom so much cuter than any of the ones in my house?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      The basement bathroom is the cutest one in the house now. We should start sending guests down there if they need to use the facilities!

  • holly
    March 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    where is that first aid kit from?? its adorable!

  • Brandy
    March 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    BLACK! Shiny!

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d
    March 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I think light pink for the mirror to tie in with the pink walls just outside. Though white would look great, too. I’m not thrilled with a dark green. I think you need more contrast (and lighter accessories).

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      I like the pink idea (always a fan of pink), and stevie’s suggestion of light blue in a comment above too.

  • Heather
    March 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Love how the bathroom is turning out! (And also love your shoes!)

  • Abercrombie Wife
    March 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Love how the bathroom is coming along. I vote for a black mirror.

    I am loving your shoes though! Where are they from?

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      J. Crew. They’re a little tight now though — I’m hoping my feet go back to their former pre-pregnancy size so I can continue to wear them.

  • Allison
    March 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I vote black for the mirror frame!

  • Alissa @ Still Unwritten
    March 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Just found this blog and LOVE it! Where did you get the print that says “you look lovely today”? I absolutely adore it. Also, I think a white would look awesome on that mirror. Thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Making it Lovely
      March 23, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks! I wrote about the print here, jokingly saying that it would take the place of a mirror.

  • Beth
    March 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I think it’s better to choose a complementary color. From pictures, the bathroom is beginning to look a little dark without a yellow or another brighter color to mix in with the green and white… I think a yellow or another warm tone needs to be the color for the mirror.

  • hollie
    March 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Oh my goodness I love that print! Off to purchase it now…

  • Amy S
    March 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I came to the site from my reader just to comment that you should most certainly paint the mirror black…but then I read the other comments and I was swayed by the deep peony pink!

  • melanie c
    March 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    or what about a metallic finish? just to brighten it up in there without totally bringing in another color? so, silver? (maybe it’s your shoes that inspired me!)

  • liz @ bon temps beignet
    March 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I’m totally distracted by the sparkly goodness that’s going on down by your tootypegs. Where, oh where did you find those???

  • Connie
    March 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I love that shade of green with light blue. Maybe light blue is an option for the mirror and a few accessories?

  • laura lee
    March 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    love that print, especially for the bathroom!

  • dana
    March 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    whatever color you choose for the mirror, have you considered martha’s new metallic paints?

    • Amelia
      March 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

      I was honestly thinking a metallic silver color would look good.

  • rhiannon
    March 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    i love the color it is now in that photo!

  • Megan
    March 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I think the mirror would still look really great painted yellow. It would be a nice pop of color!

  • Amber P
    March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    my first thought was that color that the Youngsters at Young House Love painted their built-ins…Dragonfly by Benjamin Moore.

  • Amber P
    March 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    although I think the peony would be awesome.

  • Kris Mays
    March 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Def. black for the mirror.

  • Sarah
    March 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I vote for the laundry room blue, just a little touch of Tiffany :)

  • Lizzie
    March 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Paint the mirror Peony!! Pink has never been a bad choice for you *it’s your signature color!*

  • Jenny Joy
    March 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    A must say that a peony pink mirror would make me swoon a little. It would be so you! :)

  • Jaimie
    March 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Have you not considered white for the mirror? I like the idea of a lighter color with the green, although black would look nice too.

  • Christina Winters
    March 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    i vote the light blue or black. white would be nice, but think of all the dusting in those little nooks and crannies. >.<

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
    March 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Wow – so many good suggestions. Are you feeling overwhelmed? I think whatever you choose, it will look great and all will be envious. Another commentor suggested white and another pink. What about a super pale, pale blush pink? Mmmm, can’t wait to see!

  • Eileen
    March 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I am not always a proponent of black but I think it would look very sharp in your adorable bathroom.

  • Ellen
    March 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    The mirror frame in black would looh very sculptural and match nicely with the other accessories.

  • tracy flaming
    March 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    black. it would bring out the details in your sconces so nicely.

  • Campbell
    March 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Shiny silver! Is there such a thing as silver leaf?

  • Mel
    March 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

    i vote white or black.

  • Lydia
    March 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

    How about silver?

  • Christie
    March 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I vote for a bright medium blue color. Sounds crazy at first, but look at this color palette from Emily Henderson:
    Its blue with green, but you could do something of the reverse and I bet it would look great!

  • Ali
    March 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I like your idea of black! I love all the previous poster suggestions of pink! I love the bright blue idea!

    But, I also think white would look great!

    Whatever you pick will be terrific!

    So fun that you can do wall layouts on your floor! That is awesome!

    Love those cute shoes peeking into the photo!

    ~ Ali

  • Tiffany
    March 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    It’s coming together nicely. I vote silver for the mirror because of the fixtures.

  • Laine
    March 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What about red?

  • Lydia
    March 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Silver, blue or red (especially if they are near your washer/dryer.

  • JLR
    March 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm


  • Natalie
    March 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Love that frame! Wherever did you find it?

    And your sparkly shoes are too cute! :)

  • Ali
    March 25, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Check out Amy Atlas’s blog post for today! Her chalk board white frame reminded me of your mirror!

    ~ Ali

    • Making it Lovely
      March 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

      Cute! I think that’s an IKEA frame. I had considered grabbing one and having a mirror cut to fit.

  • Ashley
    March 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    L-o-v-e the vintage medicine cabinet/box! Where did you find that?

    • Ashley
      March 25, 2011 at 6:14 am

      Just saw the reply with the info for the first aid box :) While black would look great on the mirror, I think it is too expected. I would go with the fun pink or blue :)

      • Kim
        March 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

        Could you share where the first aid box was purchased? Love it! Thanks!

  • samsonizzle
    March 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I’m pregnant and nesting something fierce right now, but you gave me an idea; you decide whether it’s genius or just silly. I’ve never done it, but I’ve heard of people painting a large board or something with a paint color they’re wanting to test out, propping it against the wall, then having a big swatch to really gauge what it’ll truly look like on the wall. Well, if you’ve done that, put that on the floor and there you have it: wall-matching art planning tool! I see a downside that the size of your board would make a frame of sorts that wouldn’t be exactly the size of the wall, and might affect the look of your art on the floor differently than they’ll look on the real wall. I have done my configuration planning on our regular, non-matching floors before though, and it’s really the best way to figure out the arrangement you want.

    • Making it Lovely
      March 25, 2011 at 11:36 am

      …sounds like a lot of work! ;)

      • samsonizzle
        March 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Agreed. :) As I was typing, I wondered why people would go to the trouble of painting a board to get a large swatch…why not just paint the wall itself and if you like it, you’ve got one wall done already! But, I figured if one were to do the swatch, might as well get another use out of it.

  • samsonizzle
    March 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I rather miss the yellow. You could bring it back in with the mirror, bowl, and if you want to do your clock, put it with the bowl and vase on the ledge, then a longer ledge on which to prop the large print and peeking in front of its left corner, a little vase of yellow flowers, like the modern alium looking ones from (I believe) Ikea…where have I seen those? Elsewhere in your home? Like I said in the previous comment, I’m pregnant; my memory is shot too.

  • beck
    March 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    love it. i’d spray paint the first aid kit and the mirror yellow for a little brightness in the room. it’s feeling very green and white now.

  • Charity
    March 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    What about a deep purple for the mirror? I think it would be gorgeous!

  • nic
    March 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Your shoes: I want them! Who makes them?